Pricing info is not widely available yet, but I suspect it will be in the $300 mark when the dust (price-gouging for a new phone) settles. Somewhere around where the ROKR E6 was.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Motorola ROKR successor rumors
Info regarding the successor of Motorola's ROKR from mobile-review.
Not officially, I received information from official sources, that motorola works on ROKR successor. First info will be known at end of Q1 or beginning Q2
Specification that I know:
3,5" touchscreen, ratio/scale (?) 1:2, 2:1, changeable orientation
It's a first conceptual dual-slider
CPU 450Mhz, 256Ram, 256Rom
8GB built-in memory + microSD slot (32gb max SDHC)
WIFI, BT, EDGE/HSDPA/UMTS/GSM
2 cameras: 3.2 Mpix autofocus, no flash, front: 1,2 Mpix no autofocus, no flash
Windows Mobile 6 with upgrade to 7.
Motorola Linux phone boasts soft MMI, haptics
Jan. 10, 2008
Motorola's newest Linux phone boasts a soft MMI (man-machine interface) that changes with the phone's mode. The Rokr E8 is a quad-band GSM/GPRS phone with 2-megapixel camera, multi-codec music player, a "full" HTML browser, and unique "haptics" system aimed at providing "tactile response" to virtual keypresses.
Motorola unveiled the Rokr E8 this Sunday, in Las Vegas, at the Consumer Electronics Trade show. The chameleon-like user-interface surprised many, while others had long expected the development.
For example, market research firm ARCchart forecast nearly a year ago that within five years (well, four, by now) some 38 percent of phones will incorporate "control surfaces" such as touchscreens and touchpanels. At the time, Research Director Matt Lewis stated, "Eventually, control surfaces will give rise to soft interfaces, where buttons, keypads, keyboards, and various navigation elements are rendered graphically on a touch-sensitive screen to provide interfaces which can change dynamically depending on context and the application."
The E8's soft interface, dubbed "ModeShift," appears to offer modes for telephony, photo-/videography, and media playback, as depicted in the image gallery below. One interesting feature appears to be a virtual "FastScroll" wheel aimed at letting users quickly thumb their way through large music collections.
Published specs and features include:
* 4.5 x 2.1 x 0.4 inches (115 x 53 x 10.6mm)
* 3.5 ounces (100grams)
* Quad Band; GPRS/EDGE class 12
* 970mAh batter
* 2-inch QVGA (240x320) display with 262K colors
* 2GB or optionally 4GB internal flash storage
* 3.5 mm stereo headset jack
* Stereo Bluetooth A2DP and AVRCP profiles
* 2.0 megapixel camera with 8x zoom, multi-shot feature, video capture
* Airplane mode, works without a SIM card
* Talking phone offers a voice readout of text messages while dialing number or when receiving a call, Motorola says
* Supported file formats include MIDI, MP3, AAC, AAC+, Enhanced AAC+, WMA, WAV, AMR-NB, Real Audio (RA) v10
o RA support is unusual on mobile phones, despite stations like the BBC still confining themselves to the format
* "CrystalTalk" voice processing
* "Full" HTML browser
* USB 2.0 Hi-speed (400Mbps)
The E8 is expected to ship in Q1, 2008. Following in Q2 will be a pair of "wireless speakers," including a "EQ5" model described as "pocket-sized," and "EQ7" described as a "state-of-the-art sound system" designed by speaker house JBL. Both will have microphones, and buttons to switch between music playback and calls, and connect to the E8 and other sources via Bluetooth or a good old-fashioned 1/8th-inch stereo minijack.
Would have been nice still to put in a flash, and maybe auto focus. A terrific looking phone none the less and should be a solid platform to add other variations (like a better camera version, big fixed internal memory version, etc)
this phone sure rocks better than nokia line-ups..physically! love the sensitive-touch-pad. looks kinda cool.
Motorola wants to stand out from the crowd, hinting that its new motto will be "Dare to differ".
well motorola still got a long way to take out nokia but it will take out the marketing gimmik type sony ericsson for sure ... well done moto im impressed i like rokr e 6 too planning to buy it actually but i saw the e 8 now im stuck cuz e 8 havent been released yet ... anyone wanna give me an idea which one to buy ...
rightly said, roloda. kudos to motorola for coming up with fons that veer off the norm. innovative features, stunning design, and the penchant to get away from the usual crowd and FLASH its a** at them, the ROKR line are now the daredevils in the league. Motorola: it's for the sophisticated.
CES CNET award winner at CES 08, peoples choices winner this year. (jan 9/2008)
That's right, Motorola is really determined to take back its spot in the world and regain public trust. That's what a company should be, stubborn and determined. It may have lost the battle but it won't lose the war.
Motorola really deserves the credit this time round.
Let's not talk about will the legendary E8 functions for the moment but Motorola's willingness to accept comment regardless positives or negatives. When Motorola launched the infamous ROKR E1, many E1 users responded back their disappointment. Not only Motorola has to be bombarded by it's loyal users but also endured with the public and media's negative, sometimes overly negative comments.
Slow phone reactions, unrealistic songs limit, useless club lights, lousy design...
ROKR E1 ended up receiving "The most disappointing phone of the year 2006" award in the cellphone's history.
However, Motorola was not deterred, it listened to all the comments and feedbacks and that's how ROKR E2 and E6 come about.
Right now, Motorola's users are a about to be rewarded with their loyalty with anything but ordinary ROKR E8. E8 is the result after all the comments and feedbacks from it's users, media and public. With a 500Mhz phone processor which unheard of until now, gone will be the slow laggy reactions when come to multi-taskings. A totally new radical refreshing design aroused a combinations of seductions and attractions. No more songs limit, with an incredible huge memory you can fill your E8 full with songs to your heart's contend. Motorola also take in the effort to remove unnecessary functions as it not only waste phone's resource and seriously degrade the phone's performances. Lastly Motorola indeed stayed steadfast to it's ROKR phone heritage. Music is still the primary concern thus a little compromise from it's camera capabilities are understandable.
If all things turns out well, and ROKR E8 continue to receive so much support from the consumers group, then people of Motorola Inc deserve a pat of their back; Cause you all have just done not a great phone but a terrific phone. A serious contender for "The Best Phone of 2008".
wow ! motorola is surely the leader of Innovation no doubt with the E8 modeshift im impressed motorola is the best when it comes to design "style over substance" rocks I hope E8 is much better than E6 because E6 has JAMPACKED of Features But still its not a 3G No WIFI .. But its ok
This is definitely the best innovation of mobile phone.Motorola always leads innovation.I change my mind buying PSP and I'll get this phone.Looks really cool...
See what Motorola has pioneered yet again: the breakthrough technologies of Haptics Feedback, Morphing Keypad, Omega Slide Wheel, and CrystalTalk in one music phone!!!!!!! This will be my next phone!!! No need for an iPod for me!
Motorola Rokr E8 in the market around "Q1,2008" (January until March 2008).
Motorola Unveils New Additions to ROKR Family
New ROKR E8 Takes You from Talk to Music in One Touch Using Motorola ModeShift Technology
Las Vegas, NV – 6 Jan. 2008 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today expanded its ROKR™ family of music products with the introduction of the ROKR E8 mobile device, the EQ5 and EQ7 wireless speaker systems and new stereo headsets at the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show (Booth #8545, Central Hall). This new generation of ROKR products offers consumers a complete music ecosystem that can help them enjoy their favorite tunes while on the go.
“ROKR E8 is a no compromises device – it’s both an MP3 player that makes great phone calls and a mobile phone with tremendous audio capabilities. With our unique ModeShift technology, we’re dispelling the myth that mobile phones with music features are inferior to stand-alone audio devices,” stated Stu Reed, president, Motorola Mobile Devices. “Rounding out our ROKR portfolio, our new music accessories provide consumers with a number of ways to enjoy their music.”
ROKR E8: Transforming The Music Experience
Summary of key features in ROKR E8:
* ModeShift technology transforms the device from phone to music player with the touch of a button
* Innovative haptics technology provides tactile response when a virtual key is pressed
* FastScroll navigation wheel allows for scrolling through thousands of songs with the slide of a thumb
* Patented CrystalTalk™ technology delivers outstanding call clarity even in noisy environments
* Windows™ Media Player™ 11 compatibility enables easy transfer of tunes from the PC to the device
Motorola designed ROKR E8 to deliver an uncompromised consumer experience for music or talk. Using breakthrough ModeShift technology from Motorola, the quad-band GPRS/EDGE device presents users with only the controls they need, at the time they need them, instantly transforming from music player to phone with the touch of a button.
When powered off, the surface of ROKR E8 is smooth, with no visible keys. Power on the device and it presents a virtual numbered keypad on the front surface. With one “press” of the virtual music key, the phone keypad disappears and control keys for the music player – play, pause, fast forward and rewind – appear in its place.
Yet, ROKR E8 is more than just a “touch”-operated device. Using innovative vibrating haptics technology, the device provides the tactile feedback consumers expect from a traditional keypad, providing confirmation they have pressed a virtual key.
ROKR E8 also marks the debut of the new FastScroll navigaton wheel from Motorola, a variable-speed touch control that lets consumers easily scroll through all of the content stored on the device. With a gentle slide of the thumb, the wheel quickly scrolls through your music (music mode), contacts (phone mode), calendar (phone mode), or multimedia (imaging mode) content. Information is easily viewed on the landscape 2.0” QVGA display.
In music mode, ROKR E8 delivers great sound through a three-dimensional stereo feature that enhances two-channel audio and an on-board equalizer. Music can be enjoyed on the built-in speaker, with a compatible Bluetooth® enabled stereo headset¹, or through a wired headset plugged into the 3.5mm jack.
ROKR E8 also helps consumers discover new music with a built-in FM radio and support for Song ID2 .
The 2GB internal memory can store up to 1,500 songs3, and the external memory is expandable up to 4GB with an optional microSD card. Music transfers quickly with USB 2.0. The device is compatible with Windows Media Player 11 on the PC, which also provides access to more than 200 online music stores.
In phone mode, ROKR E8 provides outstanding voice quality using Motorola CrystalTalk technology. The powerful device can receive calls while downloading or playing music, text messaging2, surfing the Web2 or taking pictures. Quality construction and materials help make ROKR E8 durable and reliable, and a high gloss front, aluminum soft touch back, spun metal side keys and engraved banding offer the modern style expected from Motorola.
Finally Motorola introduce, official website and sooner ready to launching "Motorola Rokr E8".
I loved my Roker E1. Have always like Motorola phones, but switched to a Nokia N80 because WiFi. Quality wise, the Motorola E1 is way superior compared with the N80. Would consider getting this phone if not for the lack of WiFi, 3G and poor camera. Great innovation though.
The E8 has a big chance of getting the Linux OS because of its success in its E6 and E8.